Photo: Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe memorializes military victory and marks the crossroads of 12 streets.

Photograph by John Kernick

Romantic, vain, convivial, petty—defining Paris is a favorite pastime of the Parisians themselves. “[Paris] changes faster, alas, than a mortal’s heart,” wrote Baudelaire. France’s capital is home to haute couture, masterpieces of art and architecture, and temples of fine dining, but also cozy bistros, vibrant ethnic enclaves, and bohemian cafés. One of the most visited destinations in the world, the City of Light glitters brighter than ever.

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